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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Edgecomb, Diane In The Groves Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Celebrate trees and flowering plants with this unique performance. Refreshing, lyrical and provocative In the Grove looks at the many ways different cultures have imagined the living world of trees. From a delicate tale of love celebrating the Cherry trees of Japan, to an old English song that speaks of the hidden language of flowers, to the poignant Cornish legend of One Tree Hill, we'll travel ‘round the world in story celebrating this garden of delights. Each tale is surrounded by music and songs from many lands. The event culminates with the haunting Czech legend The Dancing Spirit of the Birch Grove. “It awakened in all of us there a sense of the spirit in things.” Jay O’Callahan
$501- $1000
Shimeta, Kathleen My Business is to Sing Music,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Performing Arts- Theater
Emily Dickinson’s life comes alive in "My Business is to Sing!" as the poet delves into her home life, her relationships with her family, friends and love interests. Emily reveals her innermost passion for words, acknowledging that writing and poetry are her life. Dialogue melds into song and back to dialogue as Emily reflects on her life from age 9 to 24. Much has happened to mold her into the writer she is and will be. Developed and created by Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta, the dialogue is based on Ms. Dana’s book, "A Voice of Her Own." Song settings of Miss Dickinson’s poems include the works of composers Martin Hennessy, Aaron Copland, Drew Heminger, Michael Conley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Vincent Persichetti and William Roy. My Business is to Sing! is offered as a performance with Barbara Dana and Kathleen Shimeta with Martin Hennessy, pianist. The program may also be presented with two additional professional actors from the area of the performance. These two actors would play multiple characters within the dialogue. Discussion with the presenters would determine the two person or four person show.
$501- $1000
Alexander, Neil 100 Years Of Spring History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
100 years of Spring celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Igor Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring with an intimate solo piano performance and a discussion of the work. Also included is music by Gershwin and original compositions.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope' - A Medieval Music & Storytelling Journey History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Audiences are instantly engaged when a Medieval merchant's cart overflowing with mysterious and intriguing musical instruments arrives. Master Craftsman Yanek is en route to the greatest trading faire in all of France. His path crosses that of Lady Heliotrope, an exuberant troubaritz (female troubadour) in search of poetic inspiration. From here the fairytale spins as their tales entwine in this authentic period storytelling production that will absolutely delight audiences of all ages. Sondra and John Bromka infuse the performance with historic music on a great variety of unusual medieval instruments-many actually built by John, an accomplished luthier in real life. An authentic and appealing program!
$351- $500
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Lewis, Alan I Grew Up On A Farm Literature- Authors,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I am the author of the children's book, I Grew Up On A Farm. I come dressed as a farmer in overalls, straw hat and red handkerchief. I bring with me farm paraphanalia such as; a wooden chicken crate, chicken hook, egg baskets (with wooden display eggs, different colored eggs, large feed sack, realistic toy chickens, and other farm implements. I tell stories of my experiences growing up on a farm using the various farm implements. I then read my book to the group. It is on Power Point format, so large audiences are not a problem. The book and presentaion are non-fiction and are aligned to the NYS Standards for Social Studies, 2nd- 4th grade. Free 4 page teachers guide. Check out www.IGREWUPONAFARM.COM
$351- $500
Mad Science, Mad Science of Long Island Fire & Ice (Show) Other,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Get ready for some sizzling excitement! Join us for SAFE and scientific fun with fire and ice! Witness and learn about the amazing properties of fire. Then, cool off with spectacular demonstrations involving dry ice! Check out the “Big Burp”, the “Screwdriver Sizzle” and the famous “Mad Science Bath”, as we will explore the science behind this amazing frozen gas. The Mad Science shows provide live, interactive and compelling educational experiences that make learning a blast!
$351- $500
Kronzek, Allan Exploring the Magical World of Harry Potter Literature- Other,
Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Magic
Based on Allan's NY Times bestseller, The Sorcerer's Companion - A guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter, this visiting-author program combines magical performance, audience participation, and a lively exchange with students to explore the roots of Harry's magical universe in legend, literature and real-life events. Discover the ancient origins of wands and wizards, boggarts and broomsticks, hippogriffs and herbology. It is not necessary to have read the Harry Potter books to enjuoy and benefit from this program.
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia Dig into Reading- Bookworms Unite! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Dig into Reading: Bookworms Unite! Come join us as we unearth adventures And legends, sing and dance to songs of magic plants, dinosaurs, rubber chickens and so much more! Help act out the stories and discover the hidden treasures worth digging for within BOOKS that connect us all.
$201- $350
Rymer, Brady Brady Rymer's Storybook Rock Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
2009 Children's Grammy nominee Brady Rymer’s rollicking, roots-y tunes resonate through American culture, bringing an honest, joyful spirit to music for all generations; “his music has a rock ‘n’ roll heart,” wrote The New York Times.  
$501- $1000
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